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Why Do I Need a Primary Care Provider?

It’s no secret that many people prefer not to go to the doctor. Yet, as understandable as it is, avoiding the doctor is not good for your overall health or longevity. 

Your annual physical is your doctor’s opportunity to make sure that you’re as healthy as you think you are. Whether you are regularly visiting your PCP, or haven’t been in years, Asrar Sheik, MD, and Teofilo Vinluan, MD, of Family Urgent Care are here to work with you. If you’re living with a chronic condition or reaching certain age milestones, it’s important to have a doctor you can trust. Here are some of the benefits of working with a primary care provider, as well as what to expect.

Testing

The best way for any doctor to have a full look at your overall health is through testing. Testing can include STD/STI testing, blood work, and normal examination procedures, like checking your pulse and weighing you. If you’ve been sick or have another health concern, our first step is to find the tests you need, based on your symptoms. 

Upper respiratory treatment

If you have allergies, asthma, chronic bronchitis, or even a history of COVID-19, it’s important to stay in touch with a good PCP. Allergy treatments are available, and there are plenty of healthy ways to manage upper respiratory illnesses and disorders. 

Telehealth

After last year’s exhausting and frightening pandemic, more people are choosing digital solutions for their PCP visits. We offer telehealth appointments to protect the health of our staff and all of our patients. Your telehealth appointments include access to your medical documents, right from your home computer. 

Headaches

If you get painful headaches several times per week, you might be living with chronic migraines. Regular headaches are enough of a pain, but migraines can come with sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. Calling a doctor if you live with migraines is the first step toward getting the treatment you need to be comfortable.

Workplace injuries

Falls, slips, trips, strains, and sprains all happen in workplaces every day. Even in less industrial office environments, workers can suffer from repetitive motion injuries and strain their backs and eyes while sitting at a computer. Choosing a good PCP ahead of any injury is essential because it makes it easier for you to get the care you need when you’re hurt. 

Ready for your check-up?

An important step toward maintaining your long-term health and longevity is getting regular physical exams. While some of us are still hesitant to go to the doctor before we’re sick, remember that staying well means seeing a doctor regularly. For a consultation, call one of our offices in either Schererville, Indiana, or Chicago, Illinois, or book online with us today. 

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